At Monticello Raceway on Tuesday afternoon, February 28 an almost pure white pacer by the name of Four Star Tommy had the racing fans eyes focused plainly on him and he didn’t let them down. In the deep stretch he sauntered by the pace-setter and reached the finish line first.
Besides being pretty, the nearly white pacer, Four Star Tommy(#1) and driver Jimmy Taggart Jr., score their fourth seasonal victory (Geri Schwarz Photo)
True, Four Star Tommy is no longer the high caliber pacer he was but still he knows how to ‘pick’em up a put’em down’. A lifetime winner of nearly $300,000 with a career mark of 1:52.3, his victory on Tuesday was the pacer’s fourth in six seasonal starts.
Trained by Vernon James and driven to success by Jimmy Taggart, Jr., Four Star Tommy shadowed the pace-setter DM Sundance (Kevin Switzer, Jr.) until the top of the stretch and then when Taggart moved him to the outside to challenge he wore down the leader and scored a one-length triumph in a very credible time of 1:57.2.
“He (Four Star Tommy) is really a very pretty horse and when I’m driving him I feel that all eyes are on us,” Taggart said after the race. “He still has a big motor but of course he’s not the same as he was when he was younger. Still he’s a pleasure to drive and the old guy gives his best every time. “
The 9 year old Jate Lobell gelding is owned by Ruth Ingram of Bloomsburg, Pa. and Clint Crellin, from nearby Port Jervis, NY. Sent off as second choice in the race Four Star Tommy paid $6.00 for win.